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Church of St Mary

A Grade I Listed Building in Sturminster Newton, Dorset

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Latitude: 50.9246 / 50°55'28"N

Longitude: -2.3029 / 2°18'10"W

OS Eastings: 378804

OS Northings: 113951

OS Grid: ST788139

Mapcode National: GBR 0X0.SPN

Mapcode Global: FRA 662N.LMY

Plus Code: 9C2VWMFW+RR

Entry Name: Church of St Mary

Listing Date: 4 October 1960

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1324486

English Heritage Legacy ID: 102411

Location: Sturminster Newton, Dorset, DT10

County: Dorset

Civil Parish: Sturminster Newton

Built-Up Area: Sturminster Newton

Traditional County: Dorset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Dorset

Church of England Parish: Sturminster Newton St Mary

Church of England Diocese: Salisbury

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This list entry was subject to a Minor Amendment on 28/06/2019

ST 7813

Church of St Mary

(Formerly listed under CHURCH LANE)


Parish Church. Nave, north and south aisles and west tower c.1400; Clerestorey c.1500, chancel, south chapel, north and south transepts and extensive restoration 1820s. Earliest work for John Selwood, Abbot of Glastonbury, 1820s work for Rev. T.H Lane Fox by William Evans of Wimborne Minster. Walls largely of greensand ashlar with ashlar dressings, gable ended roofs of stone slate and lead.

Plan: nave with north and south aisles and clerestorey, west porch with tower over, north and south transepts, chancel with north vestry and south chapel. All work in 'perpendicular' style. Windows with panel tracery with two-centred heads except for those of the clerestorey which have square heads. West door has a chamfered two-centred head, continuous jambs with broachstops and a moulded label.

Three-stage tower: first stage has diagonal buttresses with an original two-light window with two-centred head over the door. The second stage has a west window uniform with that of the lower stage. The third stage has C15 belfrey windows partially obscured by the nave roof and by C19 clock faces. Above is a low C19 stage with lattice panelled masonry and quatrefoil loops surmounted with an embattled parapet with crocketed finials. There is a C19 porch leading to the south aisle.

Internal features: the nave has a four-bay arcade with two-centred arches which crosses the transept. The chancel has a similar arcade of two bays. The nave roof is noteworthy: it is a wagon type of c.1500 with three tie beams, carved bosses and carved flying angels which are situated at the springing point of the transverse ribs. The chancel and transepts have plainer barrel vaults and the north and south aisles, north vestry and south chapel have flat ribbed ceilings.

Pews, pulpit, screens and font C19. Various monuments of C18 and C19. Stained glass of the C19 and C20 including interesting south east aisle window by Harry Clarke, 1921. Externally, under the east chancel window, is an inscription commemorating the Rev T H Lane Fox.

Listing NGR: ST7880413951

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